Uncontacted Tribe With Only 1 Member – Man Of The Hole

On a previous episode, we talked about the
Sentinelese, a tribe located in the Bay of Bengal that has been isolated from the rest
of the world for 60,000 years. They do not like outsiders and to try to visit
is a suicide mission. We’d suggest leaving them alone if you don’t
want to wind up stricken by a bunch of their arrows. After learning about the Sentinelese, you
may be wondering about other unique, untouched tribes. Tribes that decide to remain isolated from
society exist all over the world. Here, we’ll list a few that we found to
be the most fascinating. According to Survival International, there
is estimated to be a total of about 100 uncontacted tribes around the world. Sources for this number come from aircraft
observations of isolated regions and accounts from locals living nearby these areas. Despite being uncontacted, sources tell us
that they know more about the outside world than many would think. A number of them have witnessed our planes
and modern technologies hover over them. As experts of the forests, they are aware
of our presence but have little interest and choose not to integrate with our societies. Instead, they prefer to stick to their own
cultures and customs. Brazil is home to the world’s largest population
of uncontacted people with around 80 tribes that are known to inhabit the Amazon rainforest. One tribe in particular consists of only one
member. You heard that correctly. One! Deep within the rainforest, exists a man who
lives entirely on his own. His name is unknown, so officials refer to
him simply as the “man of the hole.” He is believed to be the last remaining member
of his tribe, a one-member village. No one knows what tribe he belongs to and
no one can understand him. He speaks a language that has practically
gone extinct. It is believed that his tribe was wiped out
by cattle ranchers who occupy the region of Tanaru in Rondonia state some time during
the 1980’s or 1990’s. The timeline isn’t certain. His nickname “man of the hole” stems from
his habit of digging holes over six feet deep. He does this to survive. He digs holes to catch animals for food as
well as to hide from threats. He adamantly rejects any type of contact and
is often fearful of others. You can’t blame him when considering that
he survived being targeted by gunmen in late 2009. That and, after losing the other members of
his tribe, anyone in his position would be mistrustful of others too. Where he inhabits, there is a tiny maloca
or house that seems abandoned. It is built of straw and thatch. If you decide you want to see it for yourself
though, we’d advise you to beware. If you step too close to this house, the lone
“man of the hole” will fire an arrow towards you in warning. If you find yourself in this situation, it
is probably best to take the hint and leave. In the house, it is said that he stores his
supplies; carved arrow heads, calabashes for storing water, dried nuts and a torch he made
from resin. He also has a garden that is rich with produce. He grows paw paw, manioc and corn. He made himself a clearing, a path made from
trees, to get to the garden under the cover of night in order to harvest the fruits when
they are ripe. It is thought that it took him days to create
this clearing, as he would have had to painstakingly chop down the trees single handedly. For this reason, he wins our vote for the
ultimate loner. In case you are wondering, the observations
that were made of his living situation were not made by curious voyeuristic interlopers
but, rather, by those who wanted to find out whether the man was still alive and to protect
him from invaders. Unfortunately, this is because there are plenty
of ranchers in the area that have their eye on his land and are eagerly waiting for him
to be “bumped off,” so to speak. Thus, the man has long lived in constant fear,
fighting to survive as the last remaining member of his tribe. BBC describes him as the “world’s loneliest
man” and the New York Post characterizes his life as being “the stuff of nightmares.” We suppose your life would indeed be nightmarish
if you had witnessed your family brutally murdered. Being the last survivor has to be a terrifying
ordeal. But, since we can’t communicate with him,
we may never know what his thoughts are on this. We can only assume that he must be tough as
nails to have continued his fight for survival this long. Some anthropologists believe his age to be
somewhere between 55 and 60 years old. It is believed that he’s been living alone
for well over 20 years. The devastating reality of the situation is
that once he passes on, his culture and language will perish with him. For anyone shedding a tear over this story,
there is a bright side. The man’s territory has been enlarged by
about 11 miles in order to give him more space and more animals to hunt. This was issued by authorities in the hope
that the man will be able to live out the remainder of his life in peace. The land is now being protected as a reserve
that was established in 2015. Sometimes tools and seeds are left out for
him to use. There are many good people who desire to help
him while maintaining a respectful distance. The man had made it clear on multiple occasions
that he is not interested in making contact or connecting with anyone. This was made all the more evident when he
shot and wounded an official with one of his arrows back in 2005. The plan to protect him though has been successful
since its implementation and, to this day, the “man of the hole” continues to be
alive and thriving. He is arguably the world’s biggest misanthrope
and, yet, we just can’t help but root for him. The one-man tribe is a fascinating one and
a tough one to beat. Still, there is another interesting story
about a first-contact situation with a tribe that may or may not be a hoax. We’ll get to that in a moment but first,
we feel the need to list some honorable mentions. In Brazil’s western Amazon Basin exists
another tribe who are known to be highly aggressive. Explorers used to refer to them as the “clubbers”
due to their preferred choice of weaponry, the club. They are called the Korubo and, along with
the club, they are trigger-happy and like to fire poisoned darts at any intruders who
dare venture too close to their territory. The Korubo weren’t discovered by the government
until 1972 and, since then, 7 people were killed while trying to make contact. The Korubo are one of the uncontacted tribes
in the Amazon who kill outsiders and they will even try to attack aircrafts with arrows. Their message is clear. Like the Sentinelese, they desire no connection
with us, and it is best that they be left alone to live their lives peacefully. The Mashco-piro is one of the most isolated
tribes that live along the Manu River in Peru. As you may or may not know, many tribes have
been wiped out from disease upon contact in the past. The Mashco-piro tribe is no different in this
respect. They are so remote and detached that even
exposure to the common cold could devastate them. Not much is known about this tribe because
research expeditions often ended in failure when guides were shot by poison arrows. Message received. Outside of South America, there exists a tribe
that was discovered during the Vietnam war. They are known as the Ruc people of Vietnam,
forest dwellers. They are very shy and extremely difficult
to see. This is because they have impressive agility
when maneuvering between trees. This tribe is unique because they are thought
to possess certain mystical qualities. Their culture emphasizes the use of witchcraft
and it is said that their spells can control the “beasts of the jungle.” In one mysterious case, a researcher disobeyed
and angered a Ruc elder and it was reported that he began foaming at the mouth with blood. No one really understands why, or the logic
behind it, and whether or not this really happened. It remains a mystery. But given that the researcher met his demise,
we wouldn’t recommend going to try to see for yourself. Not unless you have a suicide wish. Now, we’ll discuss a story and then let
you decide for yourself whether or not you believe it to be true. There’s a video that went viral, touching
the hearts of many. The video provided footage of a French filmmaker
named Jean-Pierre Dutilleux making contact with a hunter-gatherer tribe known as the
Toulambi in Papua New Guinea. The video documentary is 15-minutes long and
is believed to be shot in 1976 though critics claim it was actually produced in 1993 and
made to look older. If you take the time to watch it, it seems
authentic. The tribe members approach Pierre cautiously
and touch his arm seemingly in disbelief of the presence of a white man. In their culture, it is said that the Toulambi
perceive white men as members of the walking dead. Throughout the film, you see the tribe members
become increasingly more comfortable with Pierre to the point where they invite him
to their home. There, they exchange gifts. Pierre shows them objects such as a match,
a mirror, a tape recorder, and provides them with medicine. He also tries to learn their language in order
to learn how to communicate with them. At the end of the film, they peacefully part
ways, having had an experience of a lifetime. Our research staff here with the infographics
show took the time to watch and study the video, which really did seem legitimate. You would never guess that it is potentially
a hoax. The video evokes strong emotion in its viewers. Question is, is it real or fake? Are the tribe members actors? This controversial film has provoked an ongoing
scholarly debate with skeptics believing it is indeed fabricated. Pierre argues that if the video is fake then
the tribe members are very talented actors who would definitely deserve an Oscar. There are many who debate whether or not indigenous
tribes should be contacted with many asserting that they should be left alone and others
stating that they don’t realize what they’re missing and that it is unfair to let them
continue living primitive lifestyles without knowledge of our scientific advancements,
comforts and conveniences. In the past, contact with indigenous tribes
often did not go well with intruding newcomers spreading disease that wiped out tribal populations,
sometimes to the brink of extinction. Isolated tribal communities do not typically
have immunity to our diseases, and they do not assimilate well with our cultures. Some argue that we can just give them medicines
to help their bodies fight off the alien pathogens. But then there’s the issue of the cost of
cultural assimilation. That is, acclimating into our culture may
implicate a loss of their own. Though both sides have a good point, it may
be best to let them be. This is because, ethically speaking, making
contact may be more harmful than beneficial for tribal peoples overall. Introducing them into our world could very
well turn a proud, independent culture into one that is impoverished in our society. What do you think? Do you believe tribes should be contacted
or should they just be left alone? Also, if you watched the film we discussed,
did you believe it to be authentic? Or do you think it is a fake? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
How Did A Whole Village Disappear – The Lost Colony of Roanoke Mystery! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
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